One northwest Georgia school system will soon be using a new state-of-the-art tracking system – the Chattooga County School District recently signed a five-year contract to use StudentConnect, a company which distributes electronic tracking devices to help ensure student safety.
Chattooga County will be using that tracking system only on school buses, and it’ll be up to each child’s parents as to whether or not they’ll participate in the program.
Using special badges school officials and parents will know exactly when and where students get on and off the bus – and whether kids actually set foot in school; those badges will notify the bus driver if a student gets on the wrong bus or fails to get off because he or she has fallen asleep.
School officials believe the use of those tracking devices could help in situations like the winter storm earlier in the year – which left some students at school for several hours, after the schools closed early due to snow and ice.
The service is being offered free of charge.
(AM1180 Chattooga County Radio)